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New Book Celebrates Ngugi wa Thiong’o at 80

A new book, Ngugi: Reflections on his Life of Writing, edited by Simon Gikandi and Ndirangu Wachanga, celebrates Kenya’s most prolific writer. Writing about the book, Professor Wachanga, who has also produced Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Micere Mugo’s documentaries, notes that: What we have put together, Ngugi: Reflections on His Life of Writing, is a multifaceted […]

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Twenty Writers Shortlisted for the 2018 Miles Morland Scholarships

The shortlist for the 2018 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships has been announced. The 20 nominees—selected from over 550 entries from 27 countries—includes writers from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. Founded in 2013, the Miles Morland Writing Scholarships, an initiative of the Miles Morland Foundation, offer a fiction scholarship of […]

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Literary Prizes and the Decisions of Writers

Maryse Conde, the French-Guadeloupean author of I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem (1986), Segu (1987), A Season in Rihata (1988), and Tree of Life (1992) among other books, won the Alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature. The New Academy Prize, which was established this year because of a scandal in the Nobel Prize-awarding Swedish […]

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Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018 Unveils Top 5 Finalists

Lagos – 10/10/18: Quramo Publishing has unveiled the Top 5 finalists of the Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018, two weeks after announcing the Top 10 finalists. The winner of the 2018 edition of the prize will be announced at the award ceremony scheduled for Sunday, October 21, 2018.  The annual prize is awarded to an unpublished […]

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Nominate a Writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award for African Literature

Nominate a creative writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award by 1 November 2018. This award, established in 1992 to honor Bernard Fonlon and Lee Nichols, seeks works that cherish and contribute to both African literature and the freedom of expression. Bernard Fonlon was a writer, teacher, literary editor, and head of African Literature Department at the […]

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ANA President Denja Abdullahi Has Not Paid 18-Year-Old Student the N100,000 Prize Money He Won, Despite Months-Long Requests from Teachers

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In October 2018, at the prize ceremony at Preston Hotel, Ikeja, 18-year-old Nigerian writer Ernest O. Ògúnyemí was announced winner […]

The 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize Goes to Nigeria’s OluTimehin Adegbeye

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The 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize has been awarded to Nigeria’s OluTimehin Adegbeye, for her nonfiction piece, “Mothers and Men,” described […]

Binyavanga Wainaina, Bestselling Author, Queer Icon, and Great Literary Influencer, Passes on at 48

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Binyavanga Wainaina, the great Kenyan writer, bestselling memoirist, queer icon, beloved literary influencer, and arguably the most gifted prose writer […]

Membrane: A Festival of African Literatures and Ideas | May 23-26 in Stuttgart

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Three major cultural organizations in Germany, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Institut français and Akademie Schloss Solitude, are hosting a four-day international literary […]

Akachi Chukwuemeka, Poet and Editor of the University of Nigeria’s Literary Journal The Muse, Passes on at 21

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Chukwuemeka “Akachi” Emmanuel Ugwoke, a Nigerian poet and editor of The Muse, the literary journal of the University of Nigeria, […]

The Caine Prize Announces 2019 Shortlist

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Five writers—from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria—have been shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize, for short stories that explore “the […]

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